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HEALTH MINISTER GAN KIM YONG: I CANNOT ASSURE S’POREANS THAT MEDISHIELD PREMIUMS WON’T INCREASE AFTER 5 YRS

MediShield Life premiums will remain the same for the first five years, said Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong. The assurance on the new universal health insurance scheme was given by Mr Gan on Saturday, a day after the MediShield Life Review Committee unveiled its recommendations. He also said the standardised Integrated Shield Plan for Class B1 wards will likely start along with MediShield Life at the end of 2015.

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CHINESE HOUSEHOLDS INCOME BELOW $1,900 CAN NOW SEEK HELP FROM CDAC

Announcing the changes yesterday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who is also CDAC chairman, said this will ensure that the council stays relevant to help its target groups. "This will also allow more individuals and families who are going through temporary hardship to be assisted," he added. Needy households that earn a monthly household income of $1,900 and below can now benefit. The cut-off was $1,500 previously.

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I WAITED FOR 5-HOURS IN A & E

I WAS recently taken to the accident and emergency (A&E) department at Singapore General Hospital by ambulance due to a knee injury which left me unable to walk. I waited in a wheelchair from 2pm to 7pm. When my turn finally came, I was seen by a young doctor. She examined my knee and, without looking at my X-rays, said my case was not that bad.

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ROY NGERNG’S LAWYER CRITICISES TAN TOCK SENG HOSPITAL AND MINISTRY OF HEALTH

The lawyer for blogger Roy Ngerng has written to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) criticising them for public statements they made regarding Mr Ngerng's defamation suit after he was fired on Tuesday. Mr M Ravi said the suit, which is filed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong against Mr Ngerng for alleging that Mr Lee misappropriated Central Provident Fund monies, is sub judice as it is still before the courts and "its outcome remains a matter for the courts to determine".

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MEDISHIELD LIFE: ENSURE CLARITY, SIMPLICITY FOR PEACE OF MIND

Nobody really understands the complicated ideas in health-care policies covering areas such as means testing, co-payment, top-up rates, age-related coverage, illness exclusions and yearly limits. The MediShield Life Review Committee, in its final announcement of the scheme, should give a simple and clear idea of our health-care policies that all lay people can understand. Basically, give us peace of mind so that we can keep ourselves physically and mentally healthy.

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“WORRYING” RISE IN HIV CASES AMONG GAY MEN

The Ministry of Health revealed the figures yesterday, which also showed that the number of homosexual and bisexual cases has risen from 166 in 2009 to 247 last year. In contrast, the number of heterosexual men infected fell from 241 to 157 in the same period. Around a decade ago, men who contracted HIV through gay sex accounted for less than 30 per cent of male infections but they now make up more than 60 per cent - making them the main mode of transmission.

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Standardise subsidised patients’ fees at polyclinics, hospitals

The services are essentially the same, but the fees charged by different public hospitals and polyclinics can vary by as much as 50 per cent. To most patients, this makes little sense. Why should they pay so much more at one hospital compared with another - especially since the Government subsidises much of the cost? Recently, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) raised their emergency department fees, and some bed and consultation fees. SGH increased its emergency department fee from $99 to $108 while charges at KTPH went up from $98 to $103. Alexandra Hospital charges just $88 for emergency services - the lowest among Singapore's six public general hospitals.

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Short wait for half of emergency patients

Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang (Aljunied GRC) had also pressed the minister last month for an acceptable waiting time for admission. He said people had to wait from eight hours to as long as 23 hours, given the shortage of hospital beds. Mr Gan had replied then that patients should not wait for "more than a few hours". In his written reply, he again stressed that all life-threatening cases are attended to immediately. Medical teams will also monitor, care for and medically assess patients during the wait.

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SINGAPOREANS INFECTED BY MEASLES OUTBREAK IN PHILIPPINES

A measles outbreak in the Philippines has infected 23 Singaporeans who had travelled there since January, said an alert from the Ministry of Health (MOH). They are among 80 people here have come down with measles so far this year. This is high, given that the annual numbers were 46 and 38 respectively for the past two years. But the risk of an outbreak here is low, said the MOH, as most people are vaccinated against this highly contagious disease.

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HEALTHCARE ISSUES ARE KEY TOPICS AT GOVERNMENT FORUM

THE affordability of health care and the hospital bed crunch were the key concerns of participants at a government feedback forum yesterday evening.Health Minister Gan Kim Yong assured the audience of mainly senior citizens and young professionals that health care will remain affordable, but reminded them that staying healthy is the key to keeping costs low. Speaking at the session at the Health Promotion Board building, Mr Gan said the Healthcare 2020 Masterplan is "not enough".

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